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Mamma Mia

By Angela Smith

Like the 2008 film, Mamma Mia the stage show is set on a sun kissed Greek island and centres on a daughter’s quest to discover who her father is for the very first time.

It brings her mother face to face with three men from her past on the eve of a never to be forgotten wedding.

Lucy May Barker’s (Sophie Sheridan) stand out performance as the daughter whose looking to find her father along with her mother Donna, played by Helen Hobson, who also shines while her friends Rosie (Gillian Hardie) and Tanya (Emma Clifford) bring some brilliant comic moments. They can sing too.

The plot is really a sub plot to the songs which punctuate the show and provide the feel good energy throughout for the foot tapping,  hand clapping audience with an array of hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

Chiquitita, Thank You for the Music, SOS, Money, Money Money, Voulez-Vous, Lay All Your Love On Me, were among some of the much loved hits to be belted out and at  the finale, the audience were on their feet as the cast performed a rousing rendition of some Abba favourites, including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

It is a fun filled  production which leaves the audience wanting more. It is as fresh today as day one.  It is impossible not to feel happy after the curtain comes down. The songs are infectious and  children, teenagers, parents and grandparents were mostly singing as they left the theatre.

Mamma Mia runs until 29th April


Dreamboats and Petticoats Regent Theatre

By Angela Smith

Dreamboats and Petticoats has been on the road before.

It starts with Bobby reminiscing to his granddaughter about the  good old days when, as a  17 year old at his local youth  club, he first encountered love, and fame as a song  writer.

The action,  goes back to those days when we see the  young, enthusiastic Bobby ousted by a know it all by the name of   Norman,  who steals his   place as lead singer,  and his  girl. It’s no surprise that it all works out, but until that  happens we are treated to a feast of rock ‘n’ roll, served up by  a company of versatile and talented musicians who also double up  as dancers and actors. There are 46 songs in the  show, each of which links together the story of Bobby, Laura and  their friends at St Mungo’s Youth Club

What’s extraordinary about both the up tempo rockers and the ballads of the period  is how evocative, melodic and fresh this music still seems.

I loved every moment of this show.  This lively production has great heart, following a group of teenagers at a youth club as they bicker, feud, fall in and out of love and try to become pop stars.

You will not find deep characterisation in this show, instead  you get decent jokes, return to an age when an “international grill” and a banana milkshake at the Wimpy bar was the height of sophistication, and a cracking young company and band who put over some of the best pop songs ever written.

The music isn’t the only good thing about this show,  as I said, it  really is very funny in places.  There are the references to all sorts of things that were popular  around 1960  much appreciated by members of the audience who are  of a certain age! But it’s not only for people who were around   back in the day. If you like a good night out, exciting music and  are into retro fashions, this is the show for you.

Tickets are on sale and are available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke  


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Sunday Sports Show Listen Again

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Evita Regent Theatre

By Angela Smith

Bill Kenwright’s  version of Evita, has some  new ideas threaded through it. It’s one of if not the best sung version of the show I’ve heard. Even the performers in the minor roles of Magaldi and Peron’s Mistress, Oscar Balmasada and Sarah O’Connor are both excellent.  The evening of course, belongs to Emma Hatton (who  resembles Elaine Paige in the same role). Vocally she moves easily between her range and soprano top notes. Her acting is excellent too, particularly as Peron becomes ill.

Equally notable is the  Latin authenticity brought to Che by Gian Marco, an Italian newcomer to the UK stage, while Kevin Stephen-Jones also brings an impressive authority as Peron. A large ensemble deliver with serious discipline.

Lloyd Webber’s back catalogue is kept alive by Kenwright and this powerful Evita is in a different class, bringing an operatic sweep and gravitas to a biographical pop opera about the rise of a demagogue ruler and the cult of celebrity.

Well worth a visit.

Tickets are now on sale and are available from The Regent Theatre Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or visiting www .atgtickets.com/stoke








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